As the end of the summer approaches, we all must begin to prepare for the chillier weather. As we think about going back to school and getting a fall wardrobe, preparing our lawn and house for the coming seasons must also be a consideration. With this in mind, here are some great tips for fall planting and gardening.

 

Planting the Bulbs

 

Early planning can be essential in gardening, and if you want bulbs in your garden, in the spring, now is the time to start thinking about planting these lovely flowers. A trip to the store will reveal that now is the time to get:

 

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Crocuses
  • Irises
  • Alliums
  • Hyacinths
  • Lilies
  • Freesias

 

Place a hoop of wires over your flower beds while they are growing to prevent wildlife from digging them up before they have a chance to blossom.

 

Preparing the Soil

 

You may still have late bloomers lingering in your yard into October and November, so you musn’t be premature in digging up your garden. However, once the first frost has begun and your yard is no longer fruitful, you will want to remove all the plants and weeds and loosen up the soil for next year.

 

The best way to do this is by using a Yard Boss by Stihl or a rototiller. Both of these tools will help you to garden like a pro.

 

If you want your soil at its best, you can take extra care to measure its pH. This will let you know what nutrients you can add to best fortify it for the coming year.

 

Planting the Garlic

 

Garlic is another plant you will want to put in your garden early to yield a spring crop. When planting garlic, make sure they are 1-2” down and 6” apart from each other with the pointy end up.

 

Don’t use garlic from the store which is often treated in such a way that will inhibit its growth. Instead, use organic garlic purchased from a farmer’s market or a large supplier who can educate you about the various types of garlic available.

 

Laying New Grass Seeds

 

Turf care can be the most important element of improving the curb appeal of your home. Work on over seeding bare and thinning areas for a great looking lawn in the spring time. Water generously for best results.

 

Aerating the lawn is also a good idea. Create holes in the soil to allow for better drainage while giving your plants and grass a boost of oxygen.

 

The end of summer marks a time when you really have to care for your lawn, preparing it for the fall and the following seasons. These tips will help you get your lawn in the best shape possible. Aerate, prepare your soil and fill your yard with the right kinds of plants and look forward to great results in the spring time.